On July 12, 2007, an AS350B1 helicopter, registration number EI-IHL, crashed while performing a routine gas pipeline inspection. The helicopter was operating at low altitude when it impacted farmland to the west of the village of Ballynacally in County Clare, Republic of Ireland. Two persons were aboard, both crewmembers; the pilot was injured, and the observer was fatally injured.

Teardown examination of the engine, a Turbomeca Arriel 1D1, at the Turbomeca, Tarnos, France facility found a failed accessory gear train bevel gear.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Ireland. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Leo Murray, IIC
Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Department of Transport
44 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel.: (353) 1 604 1293
E-mail: aaiu@transport.ie
Fax: (353) 1 604 1514
Website: http://www.aaiu.ie

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Ireland.

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